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Dyspraxia

I know what you’re thinking: “Dyspraxia? Doesn’t that have something to do with dyslexia? Or autism?” This is a common misconception. While dyspraxia does have links to both of those conditions, it’s best described as a syndrome that prevents messages from being properly transmitted to and from the brain. Many of these chemical messages allow a person to perform ...
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CC BROWN — Annual Mammogram Scam

After my uneventful annual mammogram in the summer of 2011, I received one of those all too familiar notices from the hospital saying that I needed to come back in for another look at my left breast. I was not upset in any way, but for some reason I made an appointment with a breast specialist in the city ...
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Jennifer Esposito — #Celiac

  Jennifer Esposito made a name for herself with her TV and film work, including I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Crash and Blue Bloods. But in recent months, she’s switched reels to launch her latest passion: Her gluten free bakery, Jennifer’s Way, in New York City. There, she creates delicious breads, cookies and other treats to ...
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COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and causes obstruction to airflow in the lungs. Symptoms of COPD include chronic coughing which is often associated with excess production of mucus in the lungs. Other symptoms can include wheezing, chest tightness, and inability to breathe out or exhale completely. The latter can lead to ...
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Twins — Sisters and Lupus

Identical twins Talia Moore and Sherita Carthon are both in the public eye, both have bubbly personalities and both face the recent onset of a chronic condition. Sherita, a graphic designer and public speaker, remembers the day a little over a year ago when she was diagnosed with lupus. The condition varies from person to person, causing inflammation, pain ...
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Seizure Dog — She Nose When

Most dogs bark, but Rosie, a melt-yourheart, dark-eyed Basenji, does something different: she yodels. Not for food or to alert her master of potential intruders, but to call attention to a burgeoning medical emergency. Rosie knows a unique trick: She knows how to sense an imminent seizure in her owner, Charlie, a former firefighter/paramedic. “It could be a change ...
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Joint Replacement — Hard as a Bone

Most people don’t have knee surgery until they reach middle age or beyond, but tennis great Billie Jean King is not most people. Slicing across world-class tennis courts year after year inflicted undue wear and tear on her joints, causing her to undergo the first of many knee surgeries in her early 20s when she was the reigning queen ...